Donovan A.

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    Student of Objectivism. The virtues I seek to live by are: Rationality, Honesty, Independence, Integrity, Justice, Productiveness, Pride and Benevolence.

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  1. We have redesigned our website. Come take a look: http://thecultureofreasoncenter.com/
  2. Some Challenging Questions from Understanding Objectivism Test (03) Ten questions that are often answered incorrectly: 2) According to Dr. Peikoff: Rationalism is an automatized, imperfect way of coping with confusion; it does not reflect on your seriousness or on your character. [p.210] True or False? 4) A rationalist (as Dr. Peikoff uses the term) regards ideas as a means of knowing the physical world. [p.211] True or False? 7) There's really only one axiom, the law of identity, because if you deny existence you're contradicting yourself, and if you deny consciousness you're contradicting y
  3. Understanding Objectivism Tests 03-05 are now complete! Understanding Objectivism Test (03) Understanding Objectivism Test (04) Understanding Objectivism Test (05)
  4. The Culture of Reason Center (CRC) now has a Meetup group! We will be announcing study group events for 2014 soon. Your membership may encourage new participation and any support would be greatly appreciated. We are located in Dallas, TX. Lectures/courses offered in the past: The Basic Principles of Objectivism by Nathaniel Branden The Principles of Efficient Thinking by Barbara Branden 15 Selected Ayn Rand Ford Hall Lectures The Philosophy of Objectivism by Leonard Peikoff The Virtue of Selfishness Audiobook Understanding Objectivism (Part 1) by Leonard Peikoff Objectivism & The Str
  5. Click here to take the test! This test has been designed to assess your comprehension of Understanding Objectivism: A Guide to Learning Ayn Rand’s Philosophy (UO) Lectures by Dr. Leonard Peikoff (Book Edited by Michael S. Berliner). Questions have been formed from the book version, chapters (lectures) 5 – 6 only. Subsequent tests will cover additional chapters of the book. It is not intended to be an open book test. There are 25 questions – each is worth 4 points. This test can be taken by students before and after reading UO (as a pre and/or post-test). Only reading Ayn Rand’s fictional wor
  6. Click here to take the test! This test has been designed to assess your comprehension of Understanding Objectivism: A Guide to Learning Ayn Rand’s Philosophy (UO) Lectures by Dr. Leonard Peikoff (Book Edited by Michael S. Berliner). Questions have been formed from the book version, chapters (lectures) 1 – 4 only. Subsequent tests will cover additional chapters of the book. It is not intended to be an open book test. There are 25 questions – each is worth 4 points. This test can be taken by students before and after reading UO (as a pre and/or post-test). Only reading Ayn Rand’s fictional wor
  7. Thanks so much for the posts, but they are still not what I'm looking for. I remember Rand specifically dealing with the topic in a Q&A. I'm guessing it might have been at the Ford Hall Forum or in Peikoff's 76 Course.
  8. Hello friends, I recently participated in a discussion on the topic of force and rights. The issue of immunization was raised at one point and I remember Ayn Rand dealing with this topic somewhere. Does anyone know where I might be able to find her answer? I have already reviewed The Ayn Rand Lexicon, Objectively Speaking and Ayn Rand Answers and I didn't find anything. Any help on this would be appreciated. Best regards, Randall
  9. Question #4: 4) Dr. Peikoff maintains that the cause of Nazism is ______________. [p.20-25] The possible answers are: A) because the Germans lost World War I (This possible cause was named on p.20) B) the Great Depression (also named as a theory on p.20) C) secularism or the scientific spirit of the modern world (also named as a theory on p.20) D) none of the above (Peikoff's theory is that the science of philosophy "determines the destiny of nations and the course of history." p.23] When I decided form this question, I thought it would be helpful to emphasize that I was looking for Peiko
  10. I appreciate that. I just think it is interesting that this objection is coming up now. When I provided the Objectivism: General Knowledge Test 01, I do not recall anyone raising this issue. Consider test question 1: Existence is the primary metaphysical fact, which does not require proof or explanation. [OPAR, p.7] True or False. Are you saying that this question should be reworded to: According to Peikoff, Existence is the primary metaphysical fact, which does not require proof or explanation.
  11. Did questions 5, 6 and 7 confuse you? Did you think the assertions were someone else's view (not Peikoff's)? For question 6, when attempting to answer did you think: I don't know, maybe Randall means true according to Noam Chomsky? Do you think the answers for questions 5, 6 and 7 are wrong? If you think the answers are wrong, I encourage debate and discussion. If you think a question is worded in a way that it is confusing as to whose view is being expressed (true according to whom) then I'm happy to reword a question.
  12. Could you please bring forward the questions you dislike and offer alternative phrasing?
  13. I think what Peikoff says about Snowden being a hero may have some interesting implications in regard to Nathaniel Branden in the Objectivist movement.
  14. Thanks Brant. These discussion are valuable even if I'm not always convinced by the criticisms. Candid feedback is important and I'd like to improve the project as I move forward. There will be more tests on The Ominous Parallels and on other works by Rand, Branden, and Peikoff, etc.